Stu­dio: Ker­mit ac­tor fired for ‘un­ac­cept­able’ con­duct

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — The Mup­pets Stu­dio is blam­ing “un­ac­cept­able busi­ness con­duct’’ for its dis­missal of Steve Whit­mire as the long­time voice of Ker­mit the Frog.

Whit­mire had been with the Mup­pets since 1978. He took over as Ker­mit af­ter the death of Mup­pets founder Jim Hen­son in 1990. His fir­ing was made public last week.

In its state­ment Mon­day the Mup­pets Stu­dio did not de­tail Whit­mire’s “re­peated un­ac­cept­able busi­ness con­duct,’’ but said it spanned “a pe­riod of many years.’’ Whit­mire could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment, but told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter on Mon­day that the stu­dio felt he had been too out­spo­ken in ex­press­ing how the Ker­mit char­ac­ter should be por­trayed.

The stu­dio said veteran Mup­pets per­former Matt Vo­gel is now tak­ing over as Ker­mit.

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